March 18, 2019:  On behalf of the Pub and all our staff, THANK YOU to all those who came out and braved the crowds for our weekend long St. Patrick's Day celebration, the Barrington Celtic Fest.  If anyone has pictures from the weekend to share, feel free to post them on the Celtic Fest Facebook page.

Last updated March 15, 2019

Entertainment Lineup     Food Menu     Retail Participants     Directions

This is our TENTH

St. Patrick's Day Celebration!!!

Friday March 15 - Sunday March 17, 2019

Indoors at McGonigal's Pub & The Loft

105 S. Cook Street

Barrington, IL 60010

Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Sunday 9:00 AM - 1:00 AM

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The 10th Annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at McGonigal's Pub - also for many years known as the Barrington Celtic Fest - will take place on Friday March 15th through Sunday March 17th at McGonigal's Pub, 105 S. Cook Street, right in the heart of downtown Barrington.  The agenda includes live music every day, Irish goods sold by our friends from The Irish Boutique/Paddy's on the Square, various entertainment including Irish dancers, bagpipers, promotional giveaways and of course plentiful availability of food and beverages.  Plus, admission is FREE at the Pub all weekend long!

This is truly one huge party, but it's also one of the busiest weekends of the year for us (as it is with all other Irish pubs), so we need to make the proper adjustments in order to provide the best possible service.  To accommodate the crowds, Saturday 3/16 and Sunday 3/17 the Pub will be offering an "expanded limited" food menu. Most of the usual Irish favorites will be offered, and there will be several kid-friendly choices.  There will be NO special seating or reservations of any type taken for the duration of the Celtic Fest.  Seating specifically for dining will be available in The Loft -our fantastic second level - on a first come, first served basis.  NO COUPONS, regular daily food & drink specials and/or special promotional discounts will be honored March 15-17.  Additionally, most of our drink and dining services will be changed over to paper & plastic during these days, with normal full restaurant service returning on Monday March 18th.  We apologize for any inconveniences but this way we can service everyone to the best of our ability.

Our celebration is focused on food, drink and fun, and families are welcome and encouraged to attend during the daytime hours - especially on Sunday when the "family day" is in effect!  Regular Pub rules of 21+ of age required after 9:00 PM are in effect every day. However, please use your best discretion with younger children at all other times... it's still a busy weekend and St. Patrick's Day at an Irish Pub, which inevitably becomes more of an adult holiday as the evening hours arrive. 

One additional but important note - due to construction on the new restaurant next door at 205 Park Avenue (Big Iron Horse BBQ) and other logistical issues, unfortunately we deemed it necessary to forgo the large festival tent we've had in the past.  Regardless - rain or shine - our Irish celebration will be THE place to be in the region!

  Entertainment Lineups & Venue Info

(start and end times subject to minor changes)

Friday March 15th

Pub Main Level

(11 AM - 2 AM)

8 PM - Midnight: TRIADD (LIVE)

The Loft (2nd level)

(4 PM - 1 AM)

Open for drinking & dining, Irish music, jukebox

7:30 PM: Hogan Irish Dancers (LIVE)

Saturday March 16th

Main Level

(11 AM - 2 AM)

11:30 AM - 3 PM:  Morgan Fingleton (LIVE)

4 PM - 7 PM: The Ragged Rascals  (LIVE)

8 PM - Midnight:  The Messengers (LIVE)

The Loft (2nd level)

(11 AM - 2 AM)

Open for drinking & dining, Irish music, jukebox

2:00 PM:  McNulty Irish Dancers (LIVE)

4:00 PM:  Trinity Irish Dancers (LIVE)

9:00 PM:  DJ Atlas (LIVE)

Big Iron Horse BBQ

Sneak Preview!

Will be open for some beer & drink sales

plus additional seating for patrons.

Sunday March 17th

Main Level

(9 AM - 1 AM)

10 AM - 3 PM:  Seamus O'Kane (LIVE)

4 PM - 7 PM:  Beamish (LIVE)

8 PM - Midnight:  The Ragged Rascals  (LIVE)

The Loft (2nd level)

(9 AM - 11 PM)

Open for drinking & dining, Irish music

10:00 AM:  McNulty Irish Dancers (LIVE)

11:30 AM:  Flannery Irish Dancers (LIVE)

Big Iron Horse BBQ

Sneak Preview!

Will be open for some beer & drink sales

plus additional seating for patrons.

  Limited Food Menu

In order to best accommodate everyone, it's necessary for us to make some temporary adjustments to our normal operations.  Our normal full restaurant service returns on Monday March 18th. We apologize for any inconveniences.

LIMITED FOOD MENU in effect on these dates:

Saturday March 16 - All Day

Sunday March 17 - All Day

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Denny Reuben

Corned Beef Sandwich

Shepherd Pie

Fish & Chips

Irish Lamb Stew

Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad (with crispy chicken)

Pub Fries

Chicken Fingers

Jumbo Pizza Slices (three choices: cheese, sausage, pepperoni)

Kid Mac & Cheese

Kid Fish Fry

Kid Chicken Fingers

Kid Hot Dog

Paper and plastic serving ware will be used for food and drinks while limited menu is in effect

  Retail Partipicants

Big Iron Horse BBQ

Irish American News

The Irish Boutique/Paddy's On The Square

McGonigal's Pub

Town & Country Distributors


The entire event is located in downtown Barrington at McGonigal’s Pub at 105 S. Cook Street, which is located one block east of Rt. 59 (Hough Street) and half a block south of Lake-Cook Road (Main Street).  Access to the event via the Union Pacific Northwest Metra Rail is very convenient as the event is located only two blocks west of the Barrington Station.  Plentiful & free parking is available all weekend in the Metra station, and also in the downtown Barrington area.

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